Children of refugees and former child refugees experience unique challenges in adulthood that are often under-recognized and overlooked by mental health professionals. Forty to fifty per cent of refugees are children. Children’s brains are very neuroplastic, and as a result, young refugees often quickly assimilate to their host nation, leading to challenges in adulthood that are often easily overlooked – or even pathologized – by many mental health professionals. This larger landscape of traumatic grief, traumatic loss, traumatic homesickness and the ambiguity of these unnameable, unmetabolized experiences has a transgenerational impact that needs to be named in order to be healed. Join Linda Thai as she weaves together stories and research to bring to light the intergenerational impact of forced migration.
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